Why the quality of alcohol really does count


Just one reason, it can make a hangover worse if you drink a cheaper quality. Here is more information on hangovers. . . and we warn you, not all of it can be controlled. http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/16/6284505-why-do-hangovers-seem-so-much-worse-as-we-get-older

Key Lime Pie Martini


Key lime on the branch.

Image via Wikipedia

Key limes are the pink flamingos of Florida food, and they are a celebrated part of local color. Key West, Florida, is famous for its fabulous key lime pie, one of America’s best-loved regional dishes. Every restaurant in the Florida Keys, and especially in the city of Key West, serves this wonderful pie. There seems to be a key lime pie for every palate, with many versions made throughout the region. This pie is considered the official pie of the Florida Keys. The key lime tree, which is native to Malaysia, probably first arrived in the Florida Keys in the 1500s with the Spanish. Key limes look like confused lemons, as they are smaller than a golf ball with yellow-green skin that is sometimes splotched with brown. They are also known as Mexican or West Indian limes. When a hurricane in 1926 wiped out the key lime plantations in South Florida, growers replanted with Persian limes, which are easier to pick and to transport. Today the key lime is almost a phantom and any remaining trees are only found in back yards and their fruit never leave the Florida Keys. Key limes are also grown for commercial use in the Miami area.
  • 3 heaping tablespoons Ciao Bella Gelato Key Lime Graham Ice Cream layered on bottom of martini glass
  • Ke Ke Beach Key Lime Cream Liqueur – 3 oz
  • Triple Sec – 1 oz
  • Mix these ingredients together first, and pour into martini glass.
  • Graham cracker crumbs sprinkled on top
  • Slice of lime on rim for garnish

It’s the perfect blend of a key lime flavor with graham cracker crust in martini liquid form.

The Shamrock – O – Tini, A sure favorite for St. Patrick’s Day!


New York Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Image by Kevin Coles via Flickr

We promised we were researching last night, and we did ~ late into the night ~ to come up with a few new recipes for St. Patrick’s for you.  Here’s one new drink for you to try out for St. Patrick’s day. You will need the following ingredients per drink:
  • Edy’s Slow Churned Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – 1 small scoop
  • Bailey’s Mint Chocolate – 1 oz
  • Godiva Chocolate infused with Chocolate – 1 oz
  • Ghirardelli Premium semi-sweet shaved chocolate – 1/8 tsp
  • Chopped fresh organic mint – take 4 mint leaves and one mint stem, arrange to look like a 4-leaf clover.

If you are serious about mint chocolate, this is a serious drink!

New products, new recipes on the way!


Look for some great new custom-created products coming out this week for all you martini lovers. We promise there will be something for everyone!

Also, we were up until the late hours last night creating new recipes just in time for St. Patrick’s Day for you. We will be posting the recipes so you will have plenty of time to get all the ingredients for your party or after-party, with photos that will make your mouth water!